ISLAMABAD: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Wednesday said the UN will assist Pakistan in tackling the challenges it is facing today. In a joint press conference with the Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani here, Ban Ki-moon said a prosperous Pakistan is in the interest of all. He thanked Islamabad for according warm welcome to him on his arrival.
Addressing a joint press conference with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani here, he urged Pakistan to cooperate with India in its probe into the Mumbai incident. Ban Ki-moon described the Kashmir standoff as the most important issue of South Asia and appreciated Pakistan’s role in war on terror.
The UN Chief lauded Pakistan’s peace efforts in the world. Expressing grief on the kidnapping of a UN official and slaying of his driver in Pakistan a few days ago, he paid tribute to the Pakistani national on sacrificing his life in the line of duty. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on the occasion said that Pakistan is deeply committed to the vision and charter of the United Nations. “We assure full support to the UN for its various programmes underway in different parts of the world for the cause of establishing peace,” he said.
Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani while appreciating the role of UN in addressing issues confronting the world today said that Pakistan strongly supports the revival of multilateralism for ensuring an equitable global order and to promote a rule-based international society.
The Prime Minister was talking to the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, who met him here at the PM’s House on Wednesday.
During the meeting wide ranging of issues came under discussion including the role of the UN in addressing the global economic crisis, its role in peace keeping where Pakistan has contributed significantly.
The Prime Minister expressed the hope that the UN will play a leading role in mitigating the adverse impact of the current global economic crisis especially in the developing world. He asked the Secretary General for early convening of a special UN Summit to address the global economic recession.
He said that one UN Programme will go a long way in bringing about positive developments in the fields of agriculture, rural development, poverty eradication, education, environment and disaster risk management in the country. He expressed the hope that this programme will be great success and an example for other countries to emulate.
The Prime Minister underscored the need for early resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people for the lasting peace in the region.
Pledging Pakistan’s commitment to the vision and principles of the Charter of the UN, the Prime Minister said Pakistan has always been supporting the role of the UN in promoting peace and security in different parts of the world.
He said Pakistan is the single largest contributor of peacekeepers to the UN with over 1100 troops in different UN missions. He assured that Pakistan would continue extending its full support to the UN in their efforts to strengthen international peace and security on the basis of universally recognized principles and international laws and promoting socio-economic progress in the developing world.
The Prime Minister while regretting over the abduction of Mr. Solecki assured the Secretary General that government of Pakistan would make all out efforts for the safe and early recovery of Mr. Solecki.
Talking on the regional situation, the Prime Minister reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to have friendly relationship with all its neighbors. He said that stable and prosperous Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan as normalcy in Afghanistan would facilitate safe return of the 3.2 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan to their homeland.
He said terrorism is a global phenomenon and the world community has to address the root causes which stem from unresolved political disputes, economic deprivation and social inequality.
The Prime Minister said that fighting terrorism and improving economy of the country is the topmost priority of the government. He said Pakistan would not allow its soil to be used for terrorist activities against any country. Pakistan’s efforts to isolate terrorist elements from its peace loving populace are being severely hampered due to drone attacks by the US, he added.
Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon while congratulating the Prime Minister on the democratization process in Pakistan assured that the UN would provide all possible assistance for the socio-economic development of Pakistan thus helping the country to overcome its challenges.
While commenting on the Delivering as One pilot initiative Mr. Ban Ki Moon said that “by realigning the UN to combine the strengths of the individual strengths of the UN agencies, I am confident that the UN will be able to better serve the Government, the Donors and most importantly the people.” He said that he was “happy to see that despite the very challenging situations the commitment of the Government and the Country Office has remained at the highest level towards the reform process.”
Mr. Ban Ki Moon also lauded the contribution being rendered by Pakistani troops in the peacekeeping process across the globe and hoped that they would continue providing their support in future as well.
He also expressed the hope that both India and Pakistan would resume CBMs to normalize their relations. He also welcomed Prime Minister’s statement about the enactment of law which could facilitate trail of any Pakistani if crime is committed outside of Pakistani territory.
The meeting was attended by the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Ms Sherry Rehman, Chief Minister NWFP, Mr. Amir Haider Khan Hoti, Chief Minister Balochistan, Nawab Aslam Khan Raisani, Minister of State for EAD, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar and other senior officials. -SANA